Fair Trade Safaris

214 Tavish Trail Austin 78738 United States
+1 212-671-2925
 http://FairTradeSafaris.com
Beatrice
11 months ago

It was always my dream to Safari in Africa. I can honestly say that each day was beyond amazing g and when we thought when it couldn鈥檛 get any better than that, from the food to the places we stayed at to our safari guide, the next indeed was more amazing than the day before! And it happened all 17 days!!!! It was surreal! Asanti!! – Hula

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Tommy
11 months ago

Getting to go on a trip to Africa was a dream come true in itself. I鈥檓 so grateful for our guides Phillip and Joseph for going above and beyond to make each day unforgettable. They were reliable, hospitable, and so knowledgeable! I would strongly recommend them to anyone!

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Alan
11 months ago

For my first gorilla & great migration Safari I could not have been more pleased. Fair Trade booked some fantastic guides.
My only hiccup was the tour descriptions in Uganda being spelled out. The green monkey hike was brutal. My knee began to bother me & I have never had knee problems. Then I chose the Batwa tribe tour & 5 of us thought we would be dropped at their village. We had to hike with them. Not quite as hard as the green monkey hike but my knee seized up & it was hard to get down from the dance site. That said, be in better shape was the message for me. The gorillas were amazing. It was all worth it in the end. I want to do it again!

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Jennie
11 months ago

Going on a safari has always been on my bucket list and my experience in Tanzania with Fair Trade Safaris was truly beyond my expectations! Philip and Josepha were both very knowledgable drivers/guides. They continually made every day of our trip even more memorable than the day before. I appreciated their knowledge of the animal's behaviors so that they could position the vehicle for us to receive the best vantage points for photography. This also included getting us to locations to shoot sunrise and/or sunset which was not always an easy feat. I enjoyed our chef prepared meals and the very comfortable accommodations that were chosen. I would not have changed anything about our experience and would not hesitate to travel with them again in the future.

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John
11 months ago

I recently went to Tanzania on Safari with Fair Trade Safaris. I was impressed with the organization starting with all the information provided prior to the trip to how smoothly we were escorted to all our destinations. The lodging, food, service, and Safari drivers were all excellent. I especially liked how knowledgeable the drivers were. I appreciated learning about animal behaviors. They were very good at positioning us for the best pictures in the best lighting. It l ever do another Safari, it will definitely be with Fair Trade Safaris.

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Cornelius
11 months ago

Excellent experience on a bucket list trip. I really didn't know what to expect going into this trip and I was impressed at every turn. The accommodations were excellent (as was the food), the local tour subcontractors were top notch. The only minor negatives were the kinds of things that are beyond anyone's control. I would definitely recommend them to anyone planning a safari trip.

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Sharon
1 year ago

Saurabh was awesome 鈥?he understood our needs and time and set up the perfect trip for our budget. He鈥檚 super responsive, promptly replying to any request 鈥?I wonder if he even sleeps. He set us up with the best guide, that made our trip even more memorable. Finally, we had some issues with the balloon ride in the Serengeti and he got us half our money back! Overall great experience and I鈥檝e been sharing my pics and his contact with everyone.

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Desmond
1 year ago

LOVED THE TRIP! maybe a bit too much in the car, would have loved more hand on or mission-type involvement, but did not know we were taking a short trip. Might just have to go again!!

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Zachariah
1 year ago

This is an incredible organization. I fully recommend them for their ethical and environmentally committed crews and vision.

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Brittney
1 year ago

We recently returned from our amazing trip to Kenya. Rob arranged everything & it was perfect. Everything worked like clockwork. We were met at each point by wonderful driver/guides.
The drivers knowledge of Kenya, the parks & animal 鈥榯racking鈥?was astonishing. We only went to 2 camps & were lucky enough to see the 鈥榖ig 5鈥? & much more, all thanks to our fabulous driver/guides.
The accommodations were great, as was the food & staff. Everyone was helpful with endless smiles. A lovely touch each night (it was chilly when the sun went down) was to find a nice hot water bottle warming the bed!
Fair Trade Safaris donates all profits to the wildlife and communities where the safaris take place, which I think is tremendous.
It was a trip of a lifetime!!!
I highly recommend using Fair Trade Safaris!

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Dion
1 year ago

I鈥檝e been on two safaris in East Africa and our recent trip to Kenya was the first time we used Fair Trade Safaris. Hands down, the most organized, seamless experience I鈥檝e had in Africa. Their vehicles are well maintained and definitely the nicest and cleanest of all the ones we saw. This is huge given the amount of time you spend in the vehicle on safari.

Most important is the driver/guide! I鈥檝e learned that overall success on safaris depends on this. Our guide, Steve, is the best in the business. Apart from being a terrific spotter and a wealth of knowledge about all things Kenya, his passion for what he does is so contagious and refreshing. He made our trip extraordinary! I wanted to see a Leopard and he spent an hour tracking a leopard. At first, I thought he was crazy because he was going in the opposite direction that everyone else was going in. He told us that the other vehicles had spotted a pride of lions but that they had just eaten so they鈥檇 be laying around for hours and promised us that we鈥檇 see them. Sure enough, he spotted the most majestic Leopard – and later a female cheetah and her cubs – and we had them all to ourselves! Later, of course, we drove back to see the lions and they were still there napping in all their glory. Highly recommend requesting Steve if you choose to visit Kenya. He鈥檚 a beautiful soul. If you ever have the privilege of meeting him, you鈥檒l understand.

The overall lodging was fantastic as was the itinerary. We decided, on a whim, to fly back to Nairobi from the Masai Mara simply because we wanted the experience. We informed our guide and the owner of the company and let them know we鈥檇 grab an Uber from Nairobi Wilson airport to NBO. When we landed at Nairobi Wilson we were surprised to find a driver and car waiting for us organized by Fair Trade Safaris! They are always one step ahead and have contingency plans for everything!

We love that the company donates all profits to the wildlife and communities of the countries they operate in. At the astonishing rate habitats are being destroyed, this continues to be an important factor for us in terms of how and where we spend our money when we travel. The driver and his associates spoke with a tremendous amount of respect for the owner of Fair Trade Safaris. When the employees love and respect the boss that tells you everything! We will definitely use Fair Trade Safaris on our next African adventure!

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Toby
1 year ago

We just returned from our Kenya safari. we used Fair trade safaris to arrange all details within Kenya. Everything went perfectly. Every guide was waiting at the pick up point. All accommodations were above expectations. The food was great and the people were wonderful.

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Joel
1 year ago

I had heard so many people say that Africa was their all-time favorite trip. I didn鈥檛 want to get my expectations up too high. I am a member of ClubCorp and they had an offering through Fair Trade Safaris, a trip to Africa that included a gorilla trek! How cool is that? Knowing what a thorough job ClubCorp does when it vettes a vendor, I knew they would be pretty good. That trip did not work for us but I contacted Rob, the owner of Fair Trade Safari鈥檚, and worked out a customized trip for June 2019. From the first contact to every detail, communication throughout our trip, and follow up after the trip, he was excellent. He had given me all of his suggestions for an itinerary that fit our interests and schedule. I researched myself each lodge, excursion, location, etc. he recommended. They all had great reviews, and after speaking with a travel agency and reviewing their suggestions, which by the way they charged me $150 to provide me with three itineraries, I found Fair Trade Safaris to be the best value, and most customized.
When we arrived in Africa we found that we had a driver/guide and a safari vehicle all to ourselves. That was a luxury I had not expected. Every lodge was lovely, ranging from remote to sophisticated with great beds and the warmest service. The food was very fresh and delicious, and another unexpected bonus was being greeted upon arrival usually with champagne and having very good South African wines and champagne gratis with your stay. An African safari is going to be one of your most expensive trips, but keep in mind that a large percentage of your funds are going to the government of the countries you visit. Pleasant surprise was how little extra we had to pay for anything once we started. Almost all of the meals, even including wines and champagnes, were included, and transportation, as you had agreed upon, was always easy and well-managed. You should tip generously, at least if you have the same experience as we did. There was a tip box at most lodges, and we saw far too many people who did not contribute. You really could not have asked for better service then we received at every lodge.
Rob has a business partnership with two safari operators in Africa. The gorilla trek was done with Ellington safari tours, and our drivers name was Roni. He was a lovely young man that had grown up in Rwanda, and it was very interesting to learn about the history and the people from someone who had lived it. He picked us up in Rwanda and took us to Uganda for Gorilla Trekking. This is simply an experience you should not miss. How they have worked to habituate these gorilla families so that humans can observe them very closely in their natural habitat is profound. Uganda is called the pearl of Africa because of its beauty. Our cottage sat high on a hill overlooking Lake Mutanda with it鈥檚 islands and volcano in the distance. The picturesque mosquito draped beds were in all the lodges, and this one had beautiful tropical flowers all around. My preconceived notion of Africa as nothing but long brown plains was completely erroneous. We had come at the end of the rainy season, and there was lush green in every area we visited. Even on the Serengeti, which means endless plains in Swahili, there were many areas of lush greens and watering holes still full. Temperatures were in the high 70s to low 80s every day. We also had followed Rob鈥榮 suggestions on preparing our clothes, and had no problems at all with insects.
Then we have to talk about Rob鈥榮 guide – Philip. I told Rob halfway through that I was running out of superlative鈥榮 to describe Philip. I really believe he made all the difference in our trip. He has been guiding Safaris for 14 years. His extensive knowledge was fascinating, and his uncanny abilities and intuition in finding animals was nothing short of amazing. He had also done several tours with teams from National Geographic. He would both advise and position us for getting the best shots. While having lunch he heard from one of the other guides there was a herd of elephants at a nearby watering hole.
When we got there, the elephants were starting to leave and they weren鈥檛 very close to us. A dazzle of zebras was approaching the watering hole, and Philip explained to us how we could get a photo of them drinking and get their reflection in the water. He positioned us for the best lighting to do this. We did get great photos, and then he said he was going to drive to another place where he thought we would see the elephants. None of the other drivers came there, and after positioning us on the dirt road for about five minutes, the heard came out of the trees straight towards us and crossed the road right next to us. We got stunning pictures and videos. And this type of thing happened over and over during our time with Philip. We not only saw the big five and just about every other animal you could imagine, but we saw the vast majority of them up very closely. When we would send photos back home, our friends could not believe we鈥檇 taken them.
Philip is also one of the hardest working people I鈥檝e ever met. He made it his goal every day to give us something special in the way of experiences. Everything about this trip far exceeded our expectations, especially Phillip.
I also found out after my trip that 100% of the profits are donated to African conservation of these animals. Rob, the owner, is a venture capitalist in Texas and a native of Africa. He was able to retire early and this is a passion of his. He is not a travel agent, and he does not organize tours for any other areas. He was so attentive to the details and to our enjoyment of the trip, I thought his paycheck must surely depend on it! I don鈥檛 think you can do much better than to have an owner who takes that kind of personal interest and does it out of passion and love for his country.

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Kristie
2 years ago

First timers to South Africa/Zimababwe and we absolutely had the times of our lives. All of the safari sites were spectacular. Never had a doubt about what would happen as the itinerary was spot on. No worrying about how to transfer to the airport or to new accommodations. Someone was always waiting to give us a ride, this was the highlight for us as we have read many horror stories about folks not getting their proper transport. The choices of accommodations were perfect for us. Saurabh is definitely knowledgeable about the areas that we visited and gave us great insight on what to expect at each location. Each place fit or exceeded our expectations. My husband and I are normally not "tour" people, but we had no clue where to begin with our trip to Africa. Saurabh has been to Africa on numerous occasions, all we did was tell him what we were wanting to experience and he was able to make it happen. This allowed us to travel at ease knowing that everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend using Fair Trade Safaris. We cant wait to venture back one day. Definitely an experience to remember! Thank you for making our dreams come true.

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Dan
2 years ago

As first time travelers to South Africa, there was no way we could have put together a trip as streamlined as we were treated to from Fair Trade Safaris.

Every question (and there were many!) that we asked was quickly answered to our satisfaction.

We wanted to add to our trip and those accomodations were planned for us as efficiently as the main trip.

I recommend this organization fully.

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Chelsie
2 years ago

Fair Trade Safaris helped make our first trip to Africa one that we will never forget. Saurabh created a custom itinerary to Zimbabwe and South Africa for us based on our areas of interest, what we wanted to see, desired level of accommodations, budget, etc. The end result was an amazing two week trip with a great mix of different lodges, sightseeing (Victoria Falls), and game viewing (completed the Big Five!) that went smoothly from start to finish.

Saurabh helped us with planning from a whole year out. He was quick to answer our many questions, and even booked our inter-Africa flights for us. I will admit, I was a little nervous about going to Africa initially, but with Fair Trade Safaris I quickly realized that my concerns were unnecessary. Our transfer drivers were always ready and waiting to take us to our next destination/activity, the lodges booked for us were all lovely, and we never felt unsafe or not taken care of. All we had to worry about was what animals we were going to find on our next game drive!

I definitely want to go back to Africa again someday, and without hesitation I would entrust Fair Trade Safaris to plan that next trip.

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Darnell
2 years ago

Our trip exceeded our expectations. Fair Trade Safaris took the time to work closely with us and give us guidance for many months as we planned our itinerary and made many changes over the year leading up to our trip. With the final set of changes we did find some errors in our itinerary but these were quickly corrected by Fair Trade Safaris when pointed out and the trip went very smoothly. Everything was perfectly coordinated in Africa. The guides chosen for us were outstanding! (request Graham In Cape Town and/or the Wine Country and ask for Barnie on Safari!). Everything in Africa was perfectly coordinated with drivers, guides and accommodations communicating to assure we were always picked up on time and delivered safely to our next destinations. Accommodations were beautiful, the service was outstanding and we ate incredible food. Fair Trade was also the most cost-effective agent I researched AND gives profits to charities in Africa and uses responsible vendors who also work with African charities. I would recommend Fair Trade Safaris to anyone planning a trip to Africa.

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Karen
2 years ago

I would highly recommend Fair Trade Safaris! The attention to detail was amazing, customer service flawless and the itinerary spot on. From start to finish, Fair Trade Safaris made our "bucket list" trip perfect!

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Kristine
3 years ago

This was the most amazing vacation we have ever had! Fair Trade Safaris took such good care of us. From picking us up at the airport, on the safari's and then back to the airport. We travelled from Nairobi, down thru the Masai Mara, to Tanzania and the Serengeti, then back up to Mount Kilimanjaro, then back to Nairobi. Not one hiccup, not one complaint for the entire 2 weeks. Each transitions was seamless. Our drivers took care of it all! And the best part was the profits from our trip went back into Africa! I can't thank Saurabh enough for all his help in making this a trip of a lifetime!

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Adriana
3 years ago

I found Fair Trade through Club Corp and at the time was just thinking about planning a trip to Africa (the Motherland). So coincidentally, I happened to be reading a Club Corp magazine where this company was featured, so I reached out. I must say Saurabh and his team did a fantastic job! Made good recommendations and suggestions that I hadn't even thought of or would know to ask. If you like professionalism and if needed exclusivity this company is the way to go! The trip, the planning and attention to details was impressive! They even remembered it was my wife's birthday without me ever having to mention or remind our local dinner and lodging folks!

Great Job! Plan to use them again!
LF

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Catrina
3 years ago

Saurabh did a wonderful job planning our trip to South Africa. He took care of everything that we needed from the moment we landed in Johannesburg. All of our in-Africa flights, airport transfers, tour guides, the Safari! and hotels… everything was top notch. I look forward to returning to Africa. This time to explore other countries… I'm hooked!

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Luke
3 years ago

Fair Trade Safaris is the best experience I have ever had traveling. Everything was handled down to the smallest details. I was traveling with my grandson and a little apprehensive since it was his first time out of the country. What a FABULOUS experience we had! Everything went so smoothly and exceeded our expectations. Anyone who wishes to travel to South Africa would be well taken care of by Fair Trade Safaris! In a review it is hard to convey what a first class organization they are and how much they care about you and your family. Thank you Rob from the very bottom of my heart!
Sandy

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Evan
3 years ago

I just want to thank Saurabh and Fair Trades Safaris for putting together such a great trip. Everything went off without a miss from people meeting us as we got off the planes, taking us through customs, baggage collection to transportation to our destinations. Everyone was so nice where ever we went and all of the sites that Saurabh recommended were first class from Rovos Rail to Cape Town, Ngala Safari Lodge, Zambezi Queen and the Victoria Falls Hotel. Thanks again Saurabh for all your hard work and planning our trip of a lifetime.

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Josue
3 years ago

This was my first experience with Fair Trade Safaris and I am pleased to say that from beginning to end it has exceeded my expectations! Saurabh guided us through the planning and every aspect of the trip was first class. I can honestly say that this was the best vacation of my life! Enjoyed Rovos Rail, Ngala Safari lodge, Zambezi Queen and Victoria Falls Hotel and all the experiences in between immensely! I whole heartedly would recommend Fair Trade Safaris to anyone planning a trip to Africa. Great Job Saurabh!

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Demarcus
3 years ago

Thank you Saurabh and Fair Trades for putting together a wonderful trip for us. From the time we landed till the time we departed there was always someone to greet us or guide us . The accommodation were top of the line and we would highly recommended Fair Trades tours to anyone. Thank you again for a great trip.

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